My Opinions on Arcade Fire’s Everything Now

If you know me,  or read my blog then you’d know how much I love Arcade Fire. I think they’re the best band of the generation, and no other band I’ve seen live has ever compared to them. Funeral, their debut LP, is my favourite album of all time. I have never felt so deeply attached to an album like that one, it’s simply just beautiful music.

I also am a massive fan of Neon Bible, The Suburbs and Reflektor. I found Reflektor was very hard to get into, and whilst it’s a little long and perhaps a little over-ambitious, it’s got some amazing tracks, and I appreciate it even more now that Everything Now is out…

I’m not going to kiss their asses over everything they do just because they’re my favourite band. I firmly believe that all bands, especially ones that like to experiment with their sound, occasionally release a record that isn’t a hit with fans.

The album has been out for a few weeks now, and I kept meaning to write this review sooner, but I didn’t have time. I am now fairly confident after many spins, that my initial thoughts are fairly the same, therefore I think I’m giving this a very fair review. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy the songs that are my favourites. I think the last 2 full songs are easily some of the best work that Arcade Fire have ever done; as the lyrics are up to the bands usual standards, and are deep and personal with a hint of that Arcade Fire magic, you know? The same for title track Everything Now, which I’ve loved so much since it came out. I also felt the same about Creature Comfort immediately as well. I just wish most of the album was as good as  them 4 songs, because some of the songs in the middle of the record just aren’t what I love about AF, which is how complex their music is, where you can listen to a song hundreds of times, and you can hear something you totally missed. Some songs on here are a little.. dare I say it.. average.

Here is my opinion on each track.

1. Everything_Now (continued) 

Okay, so this had already been heard before at the beginning of the video for Everything Now. It’s a short introduction to the album at 46 seconds long. I do enjoy it, and it sets the scene very nicely. I find that it almost sounds RNB to me. I do think the fact this intertwines with the last track is very clever, more on that later…

2. Everything Now 

Ahh, Everything Now. I fucking love this song, it’s such a bop! I genuinely experienced love at first listen with this song since it was released as a single a couple of months ago, and it’s amazing live. Arcade Fire + ABBA = Everything Now :’) The song has a very cheery, infectious beat. But don’t let it deceive you, there is a darker undertone. Basically the song is about how you can literally have everything now. You can watch years and years of TV shows in a few hours, you can listen to the complete back catalog of a band with a 3 decade long career within a simple push of a button. I find this baffling when I think about it. I think this is easily track of the year, so catchy.

3. Signs of Life

Signs of Life was the 3rd single to be released out of the 4 before the album came out, and it’s my least favourite of them all. I really didn’t like it at first, in fact I was there when they debuted it for the first time at Scunthorpe, before anyone even heard the studio version. I knew I didn’t like it from then on, but it has grown on me, and does get stuck in your head. I like the first half of the song, but it just repeats itself too much towards the end of the song. It’s obviously heavily influenced by Talking Heads, which is probably why I like it a little, as Talking Heads are fucking amazing! Lyric-wise, I just don’t like it. I just find lyrics about waiting in lines outside nightclubs is a bit lackluster compared to the amazing songwriting of previous records.

4. Creature Comfort

Another one released as a single before the album, and one of my favourites still to this day. It’s extremely synth heavy, and live it’s so badass. Trust me. I’ve seen some critics give this one stick due to the heaviness of the lyrics, but if you feel like that then don’t fucking listen to Arcade Fire! They tackle subjects such as self-halm and suicide in this song, which are very relevant topics at this day and age. I’m not entirely sure if it’s a personal song to the band, but I have an inkling that it could be. “Assisted suicide, she dreams about dying all the time, she told me she came so close, filled up the bathtub and put on our first record” is my favourite part, obviously as Funeral being my favourite album. Maybe it comes across as egotistic that they’ve claimed that an album has saved someone’s life, but when it’s as good as Funeral, then they’ve got every right to be egotistic! This could be true though, and that’s why I think it could be a lot more personal than people think.

5. Peter Pan 

This is an almost reggae track, and the bass is thumping!  It would sound so good on a proper sound system. It’s definitely one of my least favourites on the album, but I watched an interview with Win Butler, and he said that he wrote this song one night when his Dad was very poorly. I now understand the lyrics better, as before I thought the lyrics were a bit cringy. Now it’s clear to me that it’s about wanting to go back to childhood, and prevent death and illnesses of people you love. I appreciate the song a little more knowing it’s origins, and my Grandad is very sick at the moment, so it explains perfectly how I’m feeling.

6. Chemistry 

Chemistry has gotten so much stick, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I like it. You can hear the band has spent a lot of time in New Orleans, with the use of the brass instruments here. I think it’s so fun and catchy, and I love the riff just before the chorus too. I think it’s a shame that they felt the need to repeat the word ‘chemistry’ so many times towards the end. Not the best song in the world, but enjoyable.

7. Infinite Content & 8. Infinite Content

Ugh, I just can’t bring myself to talk much about this if I’m honest. What was they thinking? I get the whole infinite content thing, which they got the point across a lot better in Everything Now, without being so in your face… I was looking forward to hearing the first of the Infinite Content’s, due to hearing it was a punky song, I thought it could be like Month of May, which they pulled it off beautifully. In this song, they repeat the same lyrics over and over again for 1:42 seconds, and then do it AGAIN on the next track. If there was a bit more substance, then this would be a really cool idea. Listen to Month of May from The Suburbs, and then the first Infinite Content, then you’ll see why this makes me so sad…

9. Electric Blue

This is Régine’s time to shine, and I really like it. Sprawl II is one of my favourite songs from The Suburbs, and the same goes for Electric Blue. I didn’t really like it at first, but it’s definitely a grower. I love the bit when she sings really high near the end, it’s crazy how high her vocal range can reach. I can really tell that this song is paying homage to the late Prince and David Bowie. Sound and Vision anyone?! “Blue, blue, electric blue
that’s the colour of my room” ❤

10. Good God Damn

Funky song with a great baseline. Another grower, another bathtub reference. I wonder if the songs lyrics correspond with Creature Comfort? I can feel more Bowie influences here, which isn’t surprising as the band were very good friends of his.

11. Put Your Money On Me 

After a weak middle of the album, things start to pick up here. This song is probably my favourite song on the record apart from Everything Now. I just find everything about it incredible; the beat, the lyrics, the vocals, and  the fact that it feels so vulnerable. I particularly like the second verse, it really pulls on the heartstrings when the trumpets come in and Win sings about trumpets of angels. Sometimes it’s the little things in music that grab your attention. I love how much they sound like ABBA during the chorus, too. I think that’s why it’s my favourite along with EN, as ABBA are one of my guilty pleasures!

12. We Don’t Deserve Love

Warning: this one is a real tear-jerker. At 6.30, it’s the longest song on the album, and whilst admittedly it’s a slow burner, the whole thing leads into one beautiful, heartbreaking ending.  The vocals are so raw, and apparently was done in one take, which makes it even more raw in my opinion. Lyrically, this is the best on the album.

“Keep you waiting, hour after hour
Every night, in your lonely tower
Looking down, at all of the wreckage
When we met, you never expected
And you said, maybe we don’t deserve love”

As I said, it’s a tear-jerker, and a gorgeous one at that. The last verse hits me even harder, for some reasons that I can’t quite explain. Listening to it now and I’m welling up, I’m such a wuss for sad songs, haha. This along with ‘Put Your Money on Me’ really are the saviours of this album to me, and almost make the shitty midsection forgivable…

13. Everything Now (continued)

Another Everything Now, but really cleverly, to go along with the whole ‘infinite content’ theme of the album, it loops perfectly into the first track in a seamless transition. The song is longer than the first track, and I absolutely love it once the string sections come in. I think every Arcade Fire fan will probably feel excited when they hear a violin, because the first two records were so heavily focused on string instruments. I also love this because when I went to go see them in Scunthorpe, Isle of Wight and Manchester, they came out to this version of Everything Now, so it brings back some great memories for me.

Final verdict?

I like about half of the album, which isn’t good as usually I can listen to Arcade Fire’s albums back to back without skipping. I think it’s hard to believe that this is the same band who made Funeral, but bands move on, and this is where they’re at now, and no matter what their still the best live band on the planet. I personally think that the songs I enjoy are just as good as their old material, but I just find a lot of the tracks to be kinda lifeless and just everything Arcade Fire wasn’t before. This is their first album that hasn’t been received greatly by critics, so as this is their 5th LP, they haven’t done bad! They’re still my favourite band by a million miles!!! 🙂

Why I Think the Experience of Listening to an Album is Ruined

Here is something a little bit random to say the least, but as a big music lover I feel quite frustrated that I haven’t been blown away by an album that’s been released in ages, or maybe it’s just the whole experience has been ruined for me. Here’s the thing, I’m a lover of the CD, and yes, I know I should stop being so old-fashioned and get with the times. I do stream music of course, in fact I’d go as far as saying that using Amazon Music via my phone is my main way of listening to music, either through my headphones or an aux cable in the car. I mean having thousands upon thousands of artists at the click of the button is amazing, and I have discovered some of my favourite bands by doing this. No shade, I  just something is missing and I think I know why I feel this way.

2 of my most anticipated albums this year disappointed me a little. First up was one of my favourite bands from secondary school; You Me At Six, and secondly my beloved Arcade Fire. The first issue to me is that albums aren’t really bought anymore, and people seem to just stream individual songs instead , therefore so much emphasis is put on the singles, leaving filler tracks to be one of the very few unheard songs.

Let’s talk about You Me At Six’s ‘Night People’, which by the way is a fucking good album, although it failed to leave a lasting impression on me after the first few spins. I remember a time when my best friend and I was literally o b s e s s e d with this band. I will always have a place in my heart for YMAS, purely because of the good times with my best friend, and their first 3 albums were literally all I played from like 14 – 21. I genuinely don’t think that I’d enjoy them as much now if I had only just discovered them, but obviously I still feel excited when I hear they’re doing new music or touring.

Night People is a pretty short album with only 10 songs, and before the release date FIVE of the tracks were released. That’s half the album! I feel like it’s pretty underwhelming to get half of an experience that you used to when listening to an album. I do think that listening to the full thing gives the songs more meaning, but I miss them days when I got an album through the post, and it was actually something completely new and exciting. I know what you’re thinking… Don’t listen to the songs until you hear the CD – but it isn’t that simple when you love a band and can’t help yourself. And now that brings me onto Arcade Fire’s ‘Everything Now’.

I’m actually going to do a review of Everything Now as I’m such a big Arcade Fire fan, so I’m not going to go too much into what I did/didn’t like about the album. I do feel like I want to defend my favourite band, as I don’t think the album is as bad as some critics are saying, but I do think the arrangement of the singles has a big factor in why music critics aren’t loving it compared to their previous work. Why you may ask? BECAUSE THE BUZZ OF HEARING AN ALBUM FOR THE FIRST TIME IS GONE BECAUSE YOU’VE HEARD HALF THE FUCKING THING! And let’s be real; these bands need to sell records, and as physical music is a dying art they obviously are going to release some of the strongest songs first. ‘Everything Now’, the title track and lead single is the best song on the album to many still. You don’t actually listen to a new song until track 5, ‘Peter Pan’, which happens to be their weakest song on the album, perhaps even the weakest song they’ve ever done. The next 3 songs aren’t great (by Arcade Fire standards, they’re still good but nowhere as good as something you’d find on Funeral or The Suburbs). Next up is ANOTHER song that we’ve already heard, then the last 2 are the saving grace – ‘Put Your Money On Me’ and ‘We Don’t Deserve Love’, which are two bloody beautiful songs, by the way. I think if I had that euphoric feeling that I first had with ‘Everything Now’ and ‘Creature Comfort’, paired with the last 2 tracks I would have had a much more enjoyable listen. I honestly think that this is ruining what music is really about…

Like all I wanna do is have an album playing, with the lyric booklet in hand reading word for word, whilst feeling engrossed in somebody elses world for a bit. Is that too much to ask these days?

#rantover

Creature Comfort, Make It Painless!

I’m absolutely loving the newest Arcade Fire single, ‘Creature Comfort’. Admittedly, when I first heard a clip of it from their set at Primavera Sound via Youtube, I wasn’t too keen on it. I then listened to it a few times; before hearing it live myself at Scunthorpe and The Isle of Wight festival, which was then when I really started to like it.

When they released the song along with the video, I instantly fell in love. I’m very much into great lyrics when I listen to music. I cannot enjoy a song if the lyrics are poor and clichéd, or if I can’t relate to them (although I do enjoy concept albums). I think one of the reasons why I love Arcade Fire is that their lyrics are absolutely incredible. I reckon that Win Butler is one of the best songwriters of our generation, especially when paired with his wife Régine Chassagne. Their albums have covered a wide array of subjects; from Funeral’s sombre tone, to the politically charged Neon Bible, which was followed by a take on suburban life on The Suburbs, and then lastly Reflektor which focused on the negative repercussions of technology.

Creature Comfort has some very dark lyrics, probably the darkest Arcade Fire have ever done. It sounds a very cheerful song initially; especially if you’ve heard the more louder, grittier live version, thus making it hard to hear the lyrics. It’s weird because whilst it contains some very depressing themes, it’s hard not to dance too. I’ve seen a few people say that they prefer the live vocals better, but I can’t say that I agree with this. I love Win’s voice here, it is almost spoken word in some sense, which gets the point across very effectively. The words focus on subjects such as suicide, eating disorders, and self harm, which is new territory for Arcade Fire. I love the fact that the synth heavy song sounds cheerful, but it is actually the opposite. I think that’s why I didn’t enjoy it at first, as I didn’t realise how good the lyrics were live as I do tend to enjoy deep and meaningful  songs.

My favourite part of the song is the second verse, when Win beautifully sings “Assisted suicide, she dreams about dying all the time. She told me she came so close, filled up the bathtub and put on our first record.” Funeral reference there. MY HEART ❤

I reckon next time I see them Creature Comfort will already be a fan favourite. I reckon it’ll be a staple is the bands set for years to come, especially with that thumping bass, along with the likes of Power Out. I can just picture the crowd singing the chorus back to Win and Reginé. The “Creature Comfort, make it painless” part is going to be epic, too.

I previously said this on my review of Everything Now, but their new material really does sound like what Reflektor should’ve been. I really wanted them to return to their old sound;  but I don’t think that Arcade Fire are a band that would ever go backwards, only forwards, and watching them evolve over time truly is fascinating. I do miss their music from their first 3 albums, but I can always revisit them anytime. Plus I love this direction that the band are heading in, it’s definitely a new and fresh sound.

Now, let’s talk about the video; I have watched it numerous times, and I always find something that I hadn’t noticed previously as there’s so much going on. I think that Richard Reed Parry is the star of the show here, I was cracking up at his dancing. I love that the lyrics are scrolling across the top of the screen, so you can really understand what the song is about; plus I think that this really shows that the band are really wanting to hear the words, perhaps it is a personal song for them? I think that this is one of the best songs Arcade Fire has done in years, and I cannot wait to hear the rest of Everything Now.

I SAW ARCADE FIRE!!

I’m writing this on my phone, thousands of feet in the air,  travelling to America, so apologies if this isn’t perfect. 4 hours left… 

I was meaning to write this blog sooner, but I have been so fucking tired and busy. So… I FINALLY SAW ARCADE FIRE FIRE xD I am just going to put this out there right now, that this band are the best band on the planet right now, and are one of the best of all time in my opinion.

I’ve watched countless live performances by them on YouTube, which my boyfriend and I agreed that this could possibly leave us disappointed, as we really had high expectations due to the quality of the videos we had watched. If anyone has read my previous blog then basically I got tickets to go see them at Isle of Wight festival originally, as we thought it would be the only time we would get to see them this year. Oh how naive we was! They ended up announcing a show in Manchester in July, and then a warm-up show to last weeks IOW festival. The warm-up show was at Scunthorpe, which is absolutely crazy. They played at Scunthorpe Baths, which is only a 1400 venue capacity. Arcade Fire can fill arenas, and have pretty much headlined every major festival I can think of, so obviously as massive fans, my other half and I was ecstatic to of been one of the few who actually got tickets.

Fast forward a few weeks from when we booked tickets, we arrived at Scunthorpe at around 6.00PM on Wednesday the 7th of June. We had a pint of beer in a lovely little pub across the road called The Royal. I would’ve gone back there after the gig for a drink if I wasn’t travelling to the Isle of Wight the next morning, so if the unlikely event of them returning, I’d definitely give that a go.

So we went a little after doors open, but I think the band were still soundchecking as they were 30 mins late letting us into the main room. Whilst we waited I went to the merch stand, and bought a really cool t-shirt that has the new Arcade Fire logo on. There wasn’t much to choose from, but once the album is released then I’m sure that they will have some more designs. I really want them to make them Everything Now jackets they’ve been wearing available to the fans.

For the smaller shows, the band have adapted to a 360° stage setup. I personally really liked this concept, but I had a lot of anxiety prior to the gig due to the fear of having Win and Regine facing with their backs to us. I made a plan, and that was to head towards Win Butler’s microphone (pretty obvious which one was his with him being 6’5). The security were ushering everyone towards the left, but I scoped out Win’s mic and went opposite to the crowd which meant I was at barrier, right infront of Win. Now, if anyone knows me, then you’ll know that I absolutely adore Win Butler. I love the rest of the band obviously, but for me Win is one of my idols, and I was starstruck when he was literally infront of my face.

I can’t remember every single song off the top of my head that was on the setlist, but it was sure as hell full of bangers. I recall Everything Now being the opening song, which was awesome as since it came out not so long ago, I’ve been playing it non-stop. I was very happy to see Tunnels returning, as I noticed that it had disappeared from their setlist for a few shows. I thought that Rebellion was just as awesome as I expected, and the crowd kept singing the “ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh” part for like a solid 5 minutes afterwards. They also did an unplugged version of Wake Up, which was stunning.

I would say that the highlight of my night was definitely Reflektor. Obviously due to my blog name, you’d expect it to be a highlight, but the real reason is so much more cooler….

THIS HAPPENED. 

Yes, that is yours truly with Win! As you can imagine, I was pretty fucking happy after this. Basically, Win was recording the song on an old school camcorder, and whilst he walked past I shouted for him to have a selfie with me. He let me get 3 or 4 photos, which I thought was really nice. Anyway, overall it was the best live performance that I have ever seen. I never in a million years thought that I would get to the front, never mind getting a selfie with Win Butler.

The next morning was difficult, we was so tired from the previous nights antics. Luckily we only had a couple of pints, so felt good in that sense, but I literally danced my ass off all night, so we just felt like we needed a days recovery to be honest.  We set off for the Isle of Wight festival early Thursday morning, a long five hour drive, and an hour’s ride on the ferry. We stayed in a lovely little hotel called The Wight, and Friday we had a brilliant day checking the island out. We visited the Needles and an Amazon rainforest themed zoo. They had Sloths! Who doesn’t love Sloths. Definitely my spirit animal. 😉     

On Saturday we went on a wild goosechase for some Wellington boots, as we didn’t plan very well and me and the boyfriend are complete festival n00bs. We didn’t even need them in the end which was kinda bittersweet due to the fact that they’re highly unfashionable, but at least we didn’t have any rain… 

So we only got a 1 day ticket as the rest of the line up didn’t appeal to us and was very poor if I’m honest. We stumbled upon  an excellent act that consisted of 2 lads and their acoustic guitars. They don’t sing or use any more instruments. They slap their guitars inbetween strumming them for the beat. They played loads of old skool dance floorfillers, and finished on a really epic cover of Bohemian Rapsody. They had the crowd going crazy, and we saw the tent literally go from empty to full within a few songs. They’re insanely talented people, if you want to check them out then their name is The Showhawk Duo. 

Catfish and The Bottlemen put in an amazing set too. I’ve liked them since they released their debut, and their last album ‘7’ is so good! I’d definitely go watch then headline their own show. 

Aaaand next up were Arcade Fire. I must say that I was just as excited as I was at Scunthorpe. I also had around 8 pints at the moment, so that elevated my giddiness a lot, lol. Anyway, somehow managed to get right near the front again, not quite barrier but to say that we wasn’t even trying to get close this time it was certainly a massive achievement. 😛

It was awesome to see them in a completely different setting. I’d say I prefer intimate venues, but the stage set up and lighting were amazing and on a much larger scale. I think Creature Comfort sounded so epic live, and I can tell it’s going to be a fan favourite for many years to come. I also heard some songs I hadn’t heard the last time, such as The Suburbs, which is one of my favourites. I’d say my favourite song of the night was Sprawl II. I just think Regine absolutely smashed it, she’s so cute!

I actually cannot wait to see them in Manchester in a couple of weeks. I know it sounds excessive, but their music means so much to me for various reasons. BEST. BAND. EVER! 

* I am now sat around the pool in Las Vegas. Life is gooooood.

Arcade Fire – Everything Now Review

Anyone who reads my blog will know that I am a mahooooosive Arcade Fire fan, so when their new song ‘Everything Now’ got released yesterday on June the 1st, I was absolutely thrilled to say that I think it’s amazing.

Admittedly I was extremely anxious about this single, as I didn’t like the direction that the band were heading towards. I hated their last release (I Give You Power), and whilst I do understand that it was a protest song released on the eve of Trump’s inauguration, I just wasn’t feeling it…

I liked Reflektor too, hence the blog name. The title track is amazing, and whilst there is some absolute tunes on there, I found some of it really hard to get into. I just think it missed some of that Arcade Fire magic that the first 3 albums entailed.

So fast forward over 4 months, the long wait is finally over! The way that they teased the upcoming release was rather genius, yet a little weird (that sums up AF though). Basically a clip of the new song surfaced online via a failing Russian social network; then said clip were tweeted to many big names through a Twitter account. They basically pretended to be a Russian spam bot. Amazing!

Because the song title is ‘Everything Now,’ they very cleverly previewed the track on Radio One, whilst simultaneously revealing the album name, release date and cover art online! They also announced North American tour dates, just before playing a surprise warm-up show at the Spanish festival Primavera Sound. Phew! Busy day. I guess everything really is now!

So the song begins with an opener that almost sounds RNB. I’m a bit confused to why this isn’t included on the iTunes/Spotify version, whilst it was on the radio and the music video. I really like it, and I wish that I could have the full version on my phone. My guess that this is the album opener, as Everything Now is number 2 on the album trackless.

From the off the song is just one euphoric rush for me; I absolutely love the piano melody as the song starts, it’s just so damn catchy! Win’s voice sounds on top of its game as well. This song is written with the sole purpose to be a hit, and I reckon that even people that aren’t fans of Arcade Fire will find it hard to resist tapping their feet to this. To me this is everything that Reflektor could’ve been, but wasn’t.  Whilst it’s a completely different sound to the likes of Funeral, Neon Bible and The Suburbs, it still feels like Arcade fire. Reflektor was too much of a departure from the gorgeous music from The Suburbs, but this just feels like a very natural progression to me. I think the fact that they have included instruments such as the piano and the pan flute has given it that Arcade Fire magic that I missed during the Reflektor days.  I could honestly imagine this being on The Suburbs to be honest, maybe a bit more of a stripped down version, but the lyrics are definitely something that you’d expect to hear from that album.

The lyrics are basically reminding us that we live in an age where everything literally is now. We can listen to music at anytime, anywhere. We can watch tv shows that took 10 years to make in 2 days due to services such as Netflix. It’s kinda crazy when you look at it in that perspective, and I’m very excited to hear the rest of the song lyrics from the album because Arcade Fire are the best at portraying the reality of the present.

The chorus is just as catchy as the rest of the song, and this is when things start getting random. Just when Win Butler begins to sing the chorus the pan flute kicks in! I love this, I have never heard anything like this in music in all my 24 years on earth. I have read that this was played by a man called Patrick Babey, who is a son of a famous Cameroonian artist named Francis Bebey. The pan flute is a part of a song called The ‘Coffee Cola Song. I checked it out and it was just as catchy as Everything Now. Love it!

After the pan flute, then prepare yourself for a bit of cheesy disco that every ABBA fan would love. If you knew Arcade Fire back in the day then you’d of laughed if I told you they were turning disco. Luckily they pull it off very well in this song, which is probably helped by the fact that they’ve got Thomas Bangalter from Daft Punk on board to produce the album.

At about 4 minutes and 21 seconds in, you’ll hear a crowd chanting Na Na Na Na Na Na’s from the top of their lungs, which is proof that this songs is destined to be amazing live. The crowd chanting was recorded at the Voodoo festival in New Orleans last Halloween, which is a very nice touch.

The song doesn’t lose any momentum until the end, and I can honestly say that I could not ask for them to bring out a better song. The video is also crazily good as well! I particularly love it as I was in Death Valley a few months ago and have some great memories of driving through the place, so to see them film it there is so awesome. I’m loving the jumpsuits they’re wearing, and the whole aesthetics of everything so far to be honest. I love the EN logo, and the album art is gorgeous. Kinda reminded me of The 1975’s latest album art with the neon lights.

I cannot wait to dance my ass off on Wednesday when I see them for the first time, and I’m sure by then I’ll of learned the lyrics down to a T, considering that I can’t stop playing it! It’s a 10/10 from me. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. Arcade Fire, I love you!

 

 

It’s Nearly Arcade Fire Time!

So this week has been fucking AMAZING. On Monday, my lovely other half and I went for a meal. We decided to check out the new ‘place to be’ in town, which is called Cosy Club. Cosy Club is a restaurant chain in the UK that sells burgers, chicken, and that kind of thing. I really liked the look of the place as it’s in a huge, beautiful building in the centre of York. The decor is gorgeous, but unfortunately the food was very mediocre. My phone pinged, and it was a notification from the Bands in Town app, informing that my all time favourite band Arcade Fire are playing a gig at the Baths Hall.

I didn’t even know where Baths Hall is, but I read that it was in Scunthorpe. I also read that it is 1400 capacity venue, which baring in mind, Arcade Fire are one of the world’s biggest and best bands, who usually play to 10.000 to 20.000 people. I asked my taxi driver bf (so handy at times) how far it is, to which he replied just over an hour away…

This of course gave me heart palpitations. An hour and a half away?! 1400 capacity.  I WILL BE THE CLOSEST I’LL EVER BE TO THEM. And I don’t think I’ll ever get the opportunity to see them in a small venue like this, as this is just a warm up show for their european festival tour.

Paul tried calm me down, reminding me that we’re seeing them 2 days after at the Isle of Wight festival, and then 3 weeks after that in Manchester. Luckily for me, Paul didn’t need much persuading as he is a massive fan too, so we agreed that we can go see them, as long as we both agree that’s it for gigs until after the Manchester date in July.

The next step was actually getting the tickets, which went on sale on Wednesday. They were obviously going to sell out in a couple of seconds, and media outlets all over the world were genuinely posting articles about it all the time, as Scunthorpe isn’t *ahem* a place you’d usually get to see indie royalty like AF!

I had a couple of pints to relax myself, not even caring that the food was shit, because I could be seeing Arcade Fire  in a stupidly small venue. I get kinda obsessive with things, where if I’m worried then I can’t get it off my mind. I had such bad anxiety about getting these tickets on Wednesday, that I couldn’t relax at all. The worst thing was; I was at work. Luckily I have an awesome boss, who must of heard the desperation in my voice when I asked if I could go on the computer at 8.45am…

I got Paul to go on the computer at home, and I got the computer sorted out and tried to get on the venue website at about 10 to 9, as I read that they’re the place that most tickets are going to be, therefore I assumed I would be best off going on there. I could not get on, neither could Paul. Time was running out. I had an idea, and that idea was to check other sites. That site worked. Phew! I sat on the computer waiting for the tickets to go on sale at 9, with my heart literally thumping out of my chest! I’m not even lying here, but I really thought that I was going to have a panic attack 😦 As soon as the clock struck 9, I HIT THAT ENTER BUTTON AS FAST AS LIGHTNING! Fucking got them didn’t I. So after a little victory dance, I rung my other half telling him I got them, much to his delight 😀

Turns out, literally ten’s of thousands of people tried to get these tickets, and they sold out in a second. I am so lucky, and I know it’s going to be the best night of my life. Even better, the morning after we drive to the festival to see them again, but in a completely different environment. Call us crazy, but if you’re a big fan of Arcade Fire, then you would understand that this band are worth it. Easily the best band in modern time.

My friend Harriet and I went for breakfast to celebrate the fact I got tickets, and she got into University. After breakfast, we went to check out the new Harry Potter shop down the Shambles in York. The Shambles was JK Rowling’s inspiration for Diagon Alley, so this is long overdue! I bought a Slytherin badge, and Harriet got a Horcux keyring. I honesty could of spent more than I did, but after spending £107 on tickets a couple of hours beforehand, I thought I’d just keep spending to a minimum.

Yesterday (Thursday) was also a really nice day. I had a good day at work, followed by a chilled night with the best friend. We had some food, and listened to some music, before taking her pug Harold for a walk. Gotta love pugs! Great to get some fresh air too, and the sky looked so pretty! Best sunset I had seen in ages.

Today I finished the book I’ve been reading, and chilled out on my guitar. I love days like this. I’ve finally mastered  Let It Be, finally! Practice DOES make perfect. Also we’re still deciding where to go on holiday. We have come to the conclusion that we’re just not the type to lounge around a pool/beach all day, so instead of looking for Cyprus, Greece and places like that, we’re going to go somewhere like Budapest, or maybe even New York if there’s a cheap last minute deal!

Right now I’ve got to go get ready for a friend’s birthday night out. Hope I don’t feel too hungover in the morning!

Wishful thinking ~

A Very Lazy Weekend With My Guitar

Hey everyone (I can say that now that I’m actually building a following…)

So this weekend I’ve not really done anything interesting. I’ve not been out drinking *shock horror* as I had a really busy couple of weeks, so I’m saving my money for next weekend.  I’m also horribly spotty and hormonal too. Ugh! 😦

I have 3 day weekend’s every weekend, so after chilling out with Paul most of Friday, I then got picked up by my Mum to go to my Gran’s. This was awesome because just after I went to Barcelona, my Mum went to Lanzarote with her partner and my little baby bro! My god, I missed the kid so much. He didn’t seem much different, but his teeth are really growing now. I don’t want him to grow much more haha, he is so cute as he is!

On Saturday, I had another lazy day. I didn’t leave the house much, apart from going to the shop. I spent the rest of the evening reading a book and playing my guitar. The guitar playing is going pretty well. I have learnt enough chords to play a wide range of songs if I  want to teach myself them, but they wouldn’t sound great, as I am struggling to place all my fingers down on the fretboard at once when I am doing D minor, and also the G chord. Instead of going ahead of myself like I did before (I was trying to play every riff under the sun) I’ve decided to take it easy and stick to mastering one song at a time. I am concentrating on building my muscle memory up on the chords that I am struggling with, I want to do as much of a clean transition between chords thatI can. I am currently learning Let It Be by The Beatles. I can play the song, remembering all chords correctly, but as I said I am not happy with D minor and the G chord, so I am going to stick with this song and carry on doing my muscle memory exercise until it sounds absolutely perfect. I have had one major improvement due to changing my pick from a Tortex to a Jazz III. Them things are small, but mighty! My tone sounds SO much better thanks to that. Now, to get a better guitar. I love rock music, so I want to get an electric one when I can afford it.

Today,  I had another lazy day. (I’m not usually this lazy I SWEAR!) Haha.. It was nice though, as got to spend time with my Paul. We have been talking about going on holiday again =/ I think Barcelona has teased us into having some more sun. We need to go on a budget, as we’re off to Bali in 4 months. Greece is very cheap at the moment, so we’re tempted with going there. It’s a toss between Greece, Cyprus and Tenerife at the moment. I just hope work let me have the time off!

So that’s pretty much my weekend. Paul has Monday’s off, so we usually go out on a Monday. There’s no gigs of interest this week, so we’ll probably go out for a meal. I need to go collect some make up I’ve ordered from Boots tomorrow, and I’m gonna start a beauty blog. I figured that I would keep this as my diary and start a whole other blog. I mean, who wants to hear me ramble on about my guitar and music, when they want beauty reviews? Plus I like this the way it is, unstructured and messy. Much rather like myself as person. Haha!

So, that’s it for this weekend… I will be having a more interesting weekend next weekend. More interesting = usual antics of a twenty-something year old 😉

For now I’m listening to Tame Impala, and thinking how the hell are they even this good? I love the way their music can make you feel completely lost in it. Crazy

Come join me…